A day in a life of a dog

In case you have been feeling pretty great today and all is going well, take a moment and read on.

This was my dog’s schedule for today. It is more or less the same everyday:

Big M sleeps outside by request. As we head off to bed in the evening, he goes out the back and sprawls on the porch.

Around 8AM we have our traditional search for Big M. His location is anybody’s guess. He tends to jump the fence sometime during the night and relocates to the front porch. Some mornings he joins neighborhood kids on the corner waiting for the school bus. Other times he might be sleeping on the driveway or the sidewalk. Rarely, he is still in the back yard.

Once found, Big M comes in, requires a scratch and a denta stick, drinks  lots of water  and slobbers on (preferably) Little J. And for all you thinking ‘poor doggie, he must be so thirsty’ -no need for him to be, there is a bowl on driveway, front and back porch; but I suppose he prefers room temperature.

After that he sits in front of garage door until he is let in. You see sleeping through the night takes a lot out of him, so a three hour morning nap in peace and quiet is a must.

We take him for a walk around 10AM to leave his daily mark on the neighborhood. This morning he refused, on a count of heavy rain. Perhaps we should consider hiring someone part time to carry an umbrella over him.

After we drop Little J at Preschool, Big M and I go to the farm. As we approach the barn, his welcoming committee runs excitingly behind my van and waits for us to park. All the farm dogs sit patiently while he pees on their flower beds and bushes, then they proceed to small talk( aka bum sniffing). At this point I usually loose sight of him. He follows to the barn once he is done catching up with Otis, Danny, Storm and Pickles. All the horses in their stalls salute him, some even greet him with a neigh and one stallion twirls like mad for good measure.

At the cross ties, his girlfriend Daisy Dolores is eager to see him. She is always in the mood for a good chase. Big M is rather famous for playing hard to get and leaves her hanging more often then not. But she never holds it against him and is always ready for round two. In case you were wondering, yes she is a champion pit bull, slim and fast, with a heart of gold that skips a beat every time Big M comes around.

Upon returning home my dog takes a long afternoon nap. If for any reason this is disrupted by another walk, he must sleep through dinner to recover. Speaking of dinner, we cook for him every single night. Meat. But no chicken or corn fed beef. Because friend, who comes to check on horses, said Big M has dry skin due to allergies caused by corn. So there.

Once he ate and had a treat he snores for hours by our feet, to make sure Husband and I are never left alone. He does however wait for Little J to retire, nobody would dare compete for affection with His Highness the prince. Occasionally, if he is still asleep as we go to bed, we leave him in hope he will for once stay in. Around 1AM he will come up, sit by my side of the bed, stare at me and breath heavily. I must disregard my need for rest and feel sorry for him being hot ad bothered. Naturally I wake up, go downstairs and let him out. And we are back to the beginning of the cycle.

As you can see, my dog has it good. It is fine to feel jealous, I do. Sure, he appreciates it, guards us and loves us. In return we tolerate his wet, stinky presence. Now if you excuse me, I have to go and brush him, it is that time of the week. It only takes me a couple of hours.







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  1. Posted May 3, 2011 at 05:13 by jacqui | Permalink

    Love that video! Awesome post and equally awesome dog! I think your idea to hire someone to hold an umbrella over him when it’s raining is brilliant…he totally deserves it after all he has to go through.
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    • Posted May 3, 2011 at 08:46 by Stasha | Permalink

      Thank you Jacqui, on behalf of my dog. Considering this is Pacific NW, I might have to advertise the umbrella carrying position as full time.

  2. Posted May 3, 2011 at 06:09 by Carrie | Permalink

    This is why, if reincarnation exists, I want to come back as a house cat. Like dogs, they are generally pampered and well taken care of :)
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    • Posted May 3, 2011 at 08:49 by Stasha | Permalink

      Agreed. Or a ferret. I once saw one downtown London on a Burberry leash with it’s owner running behind him frantically. It looked like it was having fun.

  3. Posted May 3, 2011 at 08:08 by Motpg | Permalink

    He’s a beauty! And I am very jealous. I could really use a nap today.
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    • Posted May 3, 2011 at 08:52 by Stasha | Permalink

      He just relocated to the garage as I type. I always wondered why, but he has a good point. It is the only place in the house my three year old never plays in. Guess sleeping in the car is our best bet for a nap?

  4. Posted May 3, 2011 at 08:54 by Penny Herbert Evans via Facebook | Permalink

    He’s on neighborhood watch

    • Posted May 3, 2011 at 17:11 by Stasha | Permalink

      Sure. Or organizing the neighborhood party.

  5. Posted May 3, 2011 at 17:13 by Stasha | Permalink

    I know. And yours have each other’s company. Imagine having someone to always listen to you and play! While people love you and feed you! Heaven.

  6. Posted May 3, 2011 at 20:43 by Queen Mahin | Permalink

    You might have “The Good Life” blog, but Big M seems to have The Great Life! Must be nice!
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    • Posted May 3, 2011 at 22:40 by Stasha | Permalink

      We, my friend, shall never know…

  7. Posted May 4, 2011 at 00:10 by Jessica | Permalink

    Babies and dogs really do live the good life. I’m surprised that your dog likes to sleep outside. My dogs are extremely spoiled and would not know what to do with themselves if they were ever forced to spend the entire evening outside.

    One of my dogs has even moved out of his crate and into bed with my oldest daughter. Spoiled.

  8. Posted May 4, 2011 at 07:57 by Ally | Permalink

    I loved this. My dog lives “the life”, too. We always say if we get a second life, we want to come back as OUR dog!! LOL
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  9. Posted May 4, 2011 at 09:26 by Erica M | Permalink

    Loved this post. what a wonderfully free life your pup is leading. I’m sure he’d love a black Lab mix fixed female to pal around with. Samantha being shipped airmail in the morning.
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    • Posted May 5, 2011 at 00:02 by Stasha | Permalink

      Where is Samantha?! You need to switch your mail carrier!

  10. Posted May 6, 2011 at 04:56 by Teresa Kander | Permalink

    Great post…I have a cat, Gandalf, who makes me equally jealous with his “rigorous” daily schedule. :)
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  11. Posted May 7, 2011 at 10:20 by Linda Medrano via Facebook | Permalink

    This is awesome! I came over from Erica’s Free Fringes!

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